Wonder – Where Reality and Imaginary Collide

Wonder (noun) – A feeling of amazement and admiration, caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar.

The latest exhibition at Coventry’s Herbert Museum is entitled Wonder – Where Reality and Imaginary Collide. Comprising of works by Antonio Roberts, Ben Javens, Edie Jo Murray, Julia Snowdin, Lucy McLauchlan and Davy & Kristin McGuire the exhibition includes augmented reality, a light pavillion and urban landscapes. 

Much of the exhibition features newly commissioned work which has been inspired by the museum’s own collection and in the case of Lucy McLauchlan the museum itself as she’s taken imprints of the Herbert and it’s physical surroundings. 

I loved watching the stories unfold in Davy & Kristin Maguire’s film noir inspired wall mounted animated dolls houses.  I thought the digital projections worked really well within the dioramas.


Illustrator Ben Javens invites the viewer to be a part of the story with his large scale installation by incorporating a hole in the wall for you to enter a hidden room which features his work alongside pieces from the Herbert’s collection. Javens work also features a character who is trapped in the artwork. This installation has a bit of an Alice in Wonderland feel about it. 

Utilising new media, augmented reality and immersive installations alongside illustrations and animations storytelling is at the heart of this exhibition.

I’d say the exhibition certainly lives up to its name as there is a sense of joy and amazement as you wander through the gallery spaces.

Wonder – Where Reality and Imaginary Collide ends  15th September. Free entry. 

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